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Program Manager – Guildford – AAA Games

Location: Guildford, UK Salary: Negotiable

Job ID: # Posted: 5 years ago


OPM is delighted to be working with a games studio that has continued to push boundaries in games, delivering through technical excellence, world-class game feel and AAA audio-visual quality.

They are now embarking on their most ambitious projects to date and are looking for someone to take a senior role as a production leader in the studio. This person will inspire, influence, coach, and develop the game team that they work with. The successful person will be responsible for ensuring a project has credible plans and the feature teams within the project are set up for success to deliver on them.  In addition, you will be accountable for effective and efficient development of the project to meet their delivery of budget, time and quality.


What you will be doing:

As a project leader, you will set your own priorities in collaboration with your fellow team leaders but a typical week could include:

  • Championing the plan: collaborating with all the team to develop plans and achieve success
  • Identifying, mitigating and managing project risks
  • Manage project budgets in line with studio and project priorities
  • Helping establish quality goals and metrics and executing against them.
  • Working with partners such as QA and Localisation groups to ensure deliverables are defined, delivered and approved.
  • Coaching teams on process: selecting most suitable process and most valuable metrics, communicating plans, challenges and tracking to the team
  • Nurturing a healthy and happy team


Experience that the new Development Director will need:

We are looking for someone who understands the challenges of making complex projects with multi-disciplined, distributed teams and the inherent elements of uncertainty and risk that accompany this.

Preparedness for this role is rooted in:

  • Prior experience as a delivery-focused Game Producer or equivalent Project Manager delivering high profile console games
  • Ability to manage large project teams over development cycles of varied periods of time
  • Solid understanding of project management practices and process including Scrum and Kanban.
  • Experience building and maintaining high performing teams
  • Experience working with external partners to deliver on projects
  • Previous experience in game development as an artist, programmer etc would prove an advantage
  • Experience applying, defining and implementing the right development process to suit the challenge
  • Metrics, scope management and maintaining a credible plan.
  • A curiosity to learn more about the craft of a Development Director as well as a passion to learn from others and share


What’s in it for you?

Naturally, they offer competitive compensation packages and bonuses.

More importantly, because they love working with world-class creators, they maintain a culture that thrives on creative freedom and autonomy.


Please note: This studio unfortunately unable to sponsor work visas for this role, therefore all applicants must be eligible to work in the Europe without visa sponsorship.


For further information about the role please contact Max on +44 (0) 1206214420 or apply now!!

Tagged as: Development Director

Tags: Development Director Categories: Development Management , Production


Max Hurd

Recruitment Consultant

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